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Mexico whip T&T for World Champs spot

Mexico whip T&T for World Champs spot

Posted by Shanelle Weir on July 22, 2014

Mexico whipped hosts Trinidad and Tobago 25-14, 31-29, 25-17 on Sunday evening to seal the 24th and final spot at the Women’s World Volleyball Championships, which will take place from September 23 to October 12 in Italy.

In a virtual decider, at the UWI SPEC, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico entered the match with victories in their three encounters, and the winner of this game will not only top the NORCECA Final Qualifying Tournament, but will join Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the United States are the other NORCECA representatives in the World Championships. 

However, from the onset, the task proved too difficult for the hosts, who were outmatched by their more agile and tactically-aware opponents. 

Trinidad and Tobago proved superior in terms of their height, but Mexico’s craftiness, and never-say-die attitude, were too much for the hosts to deal with. 

Mexico won the first set in 23 minutes, but the boisterous crowd at the venue were captivated by the see-saw battle in the second set, which saw numerous lead changes before Mexico triumphed in 36 minutes. 

By then, it was only a matter of time before Mexico sealed the deal, and they duly obliged, in 26 minutes — despite the early loss of their captain Andrea Rangel with a sprained right ankle. Lizbeth Sainz had a game-high 16 points for Mexico (14 kills, a block and an attack), while Claudia Rios had 13 (12 kills and an attack) and Dulce Carranza 11 (eight attacks and three aces). Channon Thompson, once again, was the go-to scorer for Trinidad and Tobago with 14 points (11 kills, two aces and an attack), while Krystle Esdelle notched 10 (six kills, three blocks and an ace). 

Mexico tallied 40 kills to Trinidad and Tobago’s 25, and eight aces to Trinidad and Tobago’s three, while the Central Americans scored on 29 errors while committing 21. But Trinidad and Tobago had 11 blocks compared to Mexico’s four. 

In Sunday’s earlier fixture, Costa Rica fought back from a set down to defeat Nicaragua 24-26, 25-22, 28-26, 25-18. 

With the result, Costa Rica finished in third spot in the five-team competition, followed by Nicaragua and Panama. 

Angela Willis Lindo notched 21 points for Costa Rica, with Mijal Hines Cuza adding 16 and Verania Willis Lindo 14. Panama’s scoring revolved around Heidy Trana Lugo (23), Amalia Hernandez Garcia and Claudia Noguera Mayorga (12 apiece). 

Nicaragua led the statistics in both kills (60-52) and aces (6-5) but Costa Rica made 15 blocks to Nicaragua’s six. Costa Rica scored off 30 errors while they committed 22. 

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